Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Nonnative Marine Life

Read information about the nonnative species found in Florida and learn how you can help FWRI monitor the health of Florida's marine organisms.

Asian Green Mussels

The Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) was found in Tampa Bay in late 1999.

Monitoring the Health of Florida's Marine Organisms

The Fish and Wildlife Health Group at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is concerned with the health status of Florida's marine and estuarine organisms.

Tiger Prawn Intrudes in Florida Waters

Report sightings of this nonnative shrimp to the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888- 483-4681).

FWC Facts:
Seagrasses are different from seaweeds (macroalgae) because they have true roots, leaves, internal veins and produce flowers.

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